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Even Our Corporate Photographers Love Us!

We work hard to support our business women and that is why we created The Insiders so we could keep that level of motivation, support and assistance every day. We also do our best for our venues, speakers and our photographers.  Check out this gorgeous testimonial...

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Ok just stop it now

I'm really excited about the launch of the Insiders. It's a way that I as Founder and our Insiders affiliates can help you more AND you can ask anything you like (confidentially) and we will do our best to get you the right expert to help you. So today in preparation...

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YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS PA-ANGEL!

Christmas may be around the corner, but how prepared do you feel?  With many businesses closing their doors between Christmas and the New Year, the working month can seem all too short. At the beginning of December the amount to do during the month can seem...

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The benefits of the BWN

Here our Founder Mandie Holgate shares a lesson that she has learnt about The BWN... When people get in touch about attending the BWN they assume it’s going to be about increasing sales, confidence and success…. well our tagline is “As passionate about your success as...

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Whose In Your Success Team?

As a busy business woman there is so much that falls on your plate, right? That is why at The BWN if we see something that needs to happen for your success we like to share it with you. And something that we are seeing a growing trend in is the need for a team. (Even...

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Networking isn’t working!

Last week we had a call from a business woman who said that she was going to give our network "A go" because she had been recommended to network, and yet after a year of networking, she had gained nothing from it. "Nothing?" we asked. "No, nothing" she said. We found...

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Help!

Help A small word. If  you were being chased by a tiger you would be screaming it. If your house was on fire you would be screaming it. And it would appear they are about the only times us business women say that word. Why is that? What stops us very talented,...

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Put on a proper suit, do up your tie

David Cameron found himself pulled into a childish game of who had the last laugh in parliament on Wednesday while debating the reforms to the NHS. A heckle from a Labour MP prompted the PM to say “I know what my mother would say. I think she’d look across the...

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Project Baby – Putting together your dream team

Many of the women who are currently pregnant or have recently given birth are highly educated, high flying managers. We are after all being blamed/credited with the recent baby boom, a whole generation of women who put off having children until their late thirties or...

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How to create a successful YouTube Channel

Elene Marsden rocked it at our Marks Tey Hotel event in Colchester this January with 50+ business women left wanting more. And 2 lucky business women will be featuring in Elene's YouTube TV Show very soon. Well done Melanie Winning and Sandra Sparrowhawk! Sandra will...

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Meet Essex Business Woman Genevieve McAllister

We like to know our members really well. And we like you all to know our memberes too. Today meet Genevieve McAllister  from Crocus Connect. Who tells us why she became a member of the BWN and what her business is all about. You can meet Genevieve at our Essex events....

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Shhh The Secret Keys To Success In 2016

I'm speaking at the University for the Institute of Directors next week and I've been asked to share my top tips for networking success. Planning what I will talk about makes me think of my clients and the business women I get to be with at The BWN networking events....

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How To Get The Most Out Of Exhibiting With Us

Spending £25 on a stand to exhibit your products and services at one of our events is not going to break the bank, however we want to share ways to help you really maximise on exhibiting with us. Here is our quick top ten tips to help you get the more out of...

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Ninja, Jayne Lloyd Photography at The BWN

If you are a regular at BWN events you will no doubt have seen me snapping away at the monthly meetings - I’m Jayne Lloyd, and for the last year I have had the pleasure of being the BWN Colchester’s official photographer. I attend most BWN meetings and photograph the...

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Who Do You Think You Are!

  When it comes to a speaking engagement I like to think of my audience, Who are they? What do they want? What do they need?  etc., etc. And as I go through this process it's inevitable for me that I start to think of my clients. My theory being if is an issue...

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Finding the Hidden Gems!

Louisa was there at the very first Business Woman's Network and continues to support the events today. Read her business journey here: What made you set up a digital marketing & design company?  My adventure into self-employment started 14 years ago, and it was...

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Everything Begins as an Idea

Everything begins as an idea. However, what use is an idea if you don’t follow up with action. Let me tell you my story in a nutshell. I left a well paid job in the City in October 2013 to research my first business idea – setting up a recruitment and selection...

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Granny said “Reach for the stars” So I did….

Here our international marketer and Media personality and master class presenter for our Five Lakes Crowne Plaza event speaks about her career, and why you shouldn't miss this event! "My grandmother use to say "Kubi, reach for the stars, and you might just get the...

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The Scent of Success

Louisa knows The Business Woman's Network events very well and is one of our positive advocates.  In fact she attended the very 1st BWN meeting six years ago. We are so pleased that she has decided to join us once again at the launch of our Saturday Events with her...

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Networking Success

How can it be that one business woman can walk into a room full of networkers and gain a new lead and an opportunity and another walks out despondent thinking "What did I do wrong?" Personally I've walked into a new networking group that I've never attended before and...

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Time is a Valuable Commodity

The school and summer holidays will soon be drawing to a close and it's back to work and business as usual. As we fast approach September we are very busy here at The Business Woman's Network preparing for several launch events in Essex and Suffolk. So we most...

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Positively made-up!

Meet Lydia of Lydia's Luscious Lashes our very first member for the North Colchester Events and we haven't even launched yet!   Lydia is very passionate about her business and how it positively makes a difference to her clients and her growing team.  She absolutely...

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Family Values Forever!

Keen and ready for the launch of our Saturday morning events in North Colchester in September - Kerry has already secured her exhibition stand and we are very excited to find out more about her and her business. However, if like us you cannot wait to find out more...

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So Happy I Brought The Business, Twice!

Following our new series of interviews with BWN member's (to be a member you just have to turn up every month. Learn more here ) here we meet new Saturday North Essex Coordinator Dawn Moss. What made you join Utility Warehouse as a partner? I signed up as a customer...

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What is the BWN ethos

I was asked to sum up the BWN ethos. If you feel I’ve missed something please advise; I wanted an environment where any business woman could get the answers that she needed for her success. Whether start up, or pre start up, unemployed, self-made millionaire, hobbyist...

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Quick Top 5 Of Why Networking May Not Be Working For You

1. You keep selling. Seriously stop selling. Networking is about building good relationships and getting to know people, you need to stop putting you on your agenda and start putting other people on your agenda. Who do they want to know? What do they need? What are...

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Maldon Soap Company – Ethos, passion, goals & networking.

Our blog is always packed with great ideas, our business women and their ideas and now we introduce The Interview. Here Sue McKenna, tells us why she joined the BWN after just one event, why Sue is so passionate about her business and the ethos behind Maldon Soap...

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Essex Business Woman Goes North (Well Norfolk.)

Susan Pattrick has been a member of the BWN since its launch in 2009 and is a passionate believer in our ethos and power to help all women in business succeed in all areas of business. As Founder of Dancing Giraffe Susan wants to help all people with any disability...

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Michelle Taylor Speaks About The BIG Transition

After being a Police Officer for nearly 30 years (As I write this I have 194 days left to go!!!) The time came for me to start thinking of life outside of the ‘job’…It’s all I’ve ever known, I joined the cadets as a fresh faced 16 year old and the regulars at 18…My...

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Real Words From An Awesome Photographer

We loved this email, that much we are sharing it in its entirety here as a blog article: I have been attending the BWN regularly for over a year now and have found it has had a hugely positive effect on my business. Each meeting has a master class with knowledgeable...

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Why Networking Is Not Working For You

Most businesses at some time have dabbled with networking but how is it possible that some businesses love it and think it is the key to growing and sustaining their business. When others find it a waste of their time, a drain on their resources and worse still...

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Essex Business Woman Helping Change Lives In Africa

It is great to be a member of The BWN and its great to be back at all the events. I work for FSB and I look forward to telling you more about how it could be good for your business and save you money on the every day business essential but for now I want to say "I'm...

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Happy Birthday Us! What does that mean for you?

The Business Womans Network is 6 years old today. In that time we've; Raised over £8000+ for charities like Farleigh's Hospice, Little Havens, Colchester Mind, Colchester Food Bank, Dancing Giraffe, Children in Need, Comic Relief and others. Sometimes sensibly...

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Exhibiting With The BWN – Your Questions Answered

You are welcome to have a stand at any BWN event. The great ones to exhibit at are our Birthday event in March, our summer event in July and our Christmas event in December. But what can you expect? You can expect between 30 and 70+ business women in one room to show...

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How To Get People Buying

As a business womans coach I'm often with a client who has fabulous products and services and yet for some reason people just aren't buying from their business. When I run Business Growth Training Programmes at some stage this question will come up and my Sales...

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The Price is Right

Here Joanne Stevens from Business Growth Academy shares a top tip to helping you grow your business and a pet hate when it comes to people setting their prices. One of the most powerful exercise we do on our introductory workshop is to look at what you want your...

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PA Angels Fly’s Through the Sky for Farleigh Hospice

PA Angels Fly’s Through the Sky for Farleigh Hospice Jenny Sjollema, 41, of Heybridge Basin, Maldon, Essex flew through the freezing cold sky’s in Beecles, Suffolk on Friday 20th February to raise money for Farleigh Hospice as part of the £50 Birkett Long Business...

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Free Seminars – Workplace Pensions for Small Businesses

Here BWN member Fiona Cowie from Essential HR speaks about some opportunities to understand the legislation and how it could impact you and your business. We hear many business women say they are not willing to employ staff because they "can't face all that" however...

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Essex Business Women – Endeavours Beyond Business

BWN business women are no strangers to raising money for charity. Having raised 1000's of pounds for charities including Farleigh's Hospice, Colchester Mind, Little Havens, Comic Relief, Children in Need and even making donations to Colchester Food Bank Christmas...

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The Power Of Positivity (and Negativity) On Your Success

We all know someone that moans about their business. "I don’t have enough clients” “I can’t get organised” “I’m too old to learn new stuff” “Twitter & Facebook wouldn’t work for us” How much fun are they to be around? Be careful how much time you spend with people...

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Remove should from your dictionary

The word “should” I have always had a problem with. I should wash the floors, I should answer my emails, I should fill in that form, I should wash the car. There is no fun in the word what so ever. So recently I decided to get rid of it, with great results. Maybe you...

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Mothers of Innovation Conference

We’ve been alerted to this conference in London on the 19th June. And since its before our next BWN event it won’t make it in to our business ops so here’s a dedicated blog post to keep you up to date on a possible event for you and your business; Hi BWN Business...

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New Regulations on Telephone Numbers

It has been brought to our attention that some business women could be effected by new regulations on telephone numbers. We are not the experts in this and so share with you content received from Windsor Telecome Plc; There has been a lot of conflicting information...

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Stop Moaning And Fix It – 5 Top Tips To Get What You Want

Being a busy business woman puts a ton of jobs and tasks firmly at your door doesn't it? And there can be times where you think "How will I get this all done?" When business is becoming less fun and your losing that inner passion that fired you up to set up your own...

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Putting On The Pounds For St Helena’s Hospice

Local business owner, Liz Leatherdale of Colchester Classics and Classical Music Columnist is putting on the pounds for St Helena Hospice, Colchester. Liz Leatherdale said “Yes, I'm raising money for St Helena Hospice again to help them continue their important work...

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Trading as a Sole Trader

 If you’re thinking about going it alone but don’t need a huge amount of capital to get started, and you’re more interested in giving self-employment a try-out before going bigger, then becoming a sole trader is probably the easiest way to establish yourself in...

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Reading- Britain’s Silicon Valley

With its origins dating back to the Roman occupation of Britain, Reading, then known as Calleva Atrebatum, was nothing more than a port town. The town played a pivotal role in the English Civil War coming under siege in 1642 by Parliamentary forces looking for King...

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Hitch Then Ditch

‘When will they ever learn?,’ you think to yourself as news of another celebrity marriage hitting the rocks ends up splashed across the tabloids. The most recent high-profile split involves Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin....

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Get Motivated into BIG Business action!

When it comes to being in business, motivation is something you need an endless supply of. I’ve often asked myself how is it that 2 women can both be made redundant after years of loyal employment, 1 goes home and wails and wonders where it all went wrong and moans...

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Framed Winners

Framewerks Winners for Colchester Business Awards 2013    Framewerks are delighted to be winners in the Business to Business category at the Colchester Business Awards 2013. The award event held on Friday 29th November was a glitzy affair and the team scrubbed up well...

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Award Winning Financial Plannning

Woodruff Financial Planning won this year’s “Growing Business of the Year” at the Colchester Business Awards, held at Charter Hall, Colchester in November. To win the award against some worthy finalists was a great achievement, but comes as a result of some concerted...

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6 tips to improve your credit rating

The is a guest blog from Loess Overbury-Tapper from Tapper Financial Solutions - Your Finance, Your Future   Need a loan, a mortgage or a credit card? 6 vital things you need to boost your credit score, before you apply!   Step 1: Get on a Roll The electoral...

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Marketing Jobs Increase

This is a guest blog by Vicki Edwards – Director, Success Recruit Ltd Success Recruit have seen an increase in the recruitment of individuals for marketing positions over the last 6 months. When discussing with our clients why there has been an increase in marketing...

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How to Sell Outside Your Comfort Zone

Being in business allows you to push the boundaries of what you think can be achieved. But can you honestly say you sell outside of your comfort zone? What could happen if you did? Think it through....if your current marketing strategy allows you to create your...

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Networking Assumptions That Cost You Business

At a networking event the other day I got talking to a rather fabulous business woman and the conversation went like this; Mrs Fab                “So and So is coming today.” Me                         “Oh, really. I’ve not seen her in years. I must ask her how...

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Do I know you from somewhere?

Do you have a picture on your LinkedIn/Twitter profile? And is it actually picture of you and not a cartoon dog? I was trying to track down some old uni friends. Figuring that by now they should be pretty high in whatever career they had gone into I turned to...

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The Second Naked Calendar

The BWN is taking the Farleigh's Hospice Challenge. AGAIN   The Business women from this great organisation have 3 months to turn £50 into as much money as they can. And just like last time we've made a naked calendar. To launch this brave (or stupid you decide -...

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Budget 2013- what’s in it for you?

Is there any good news among the doom and gloom? Well, yes there are  few measures to help reduce tax bills: - a new employment allowance from 2014 will give all employers a reduction of £2000 on their NI bill, excellent news for current and new employers! - as...

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Passwords and security

We know, you keep hearing about passwords. And you keep mean to make your's better but you have to much to do..... If you still need convincing then this post I wrote on my own site - The IT Fairy might convince you.... Why passwords need to be secure and why Admin is...

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Once upon a time there was a calendar…..

If you were part of The BWN 18 or so months ago you will no doubt remember the calendar.If not, pay attention!Farleigh Hospice issued a £50 challenge, asking businesses take £50 from them and see how much money they could turn it into for the hospice.So what did we...

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Feminism and The Business Woman

A former X-Factor contestant was prevented by her (male) PR adviser from answering the question "Are you a feminisist?" So The Gazette newspaper ran a feature and asked me to write a piece answering the question "What does feminism mean to you and can women really...

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Be Nice! (or The Art of Selling)

Not having worked in a long time, doesn’t mean my mind isn’t constantly thinking of great ways of sharing business techniques for success. Since I’m living in bed, my rather lovely hubby said we needed a new mattress.....ok less of the smutter ladies! The only way to...

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Why I love The BWN

This month's guest blogger is Susan Canning, Maths Tuition I started going to BWN meeting about 3 and a half years ago. My work as a private tutor means I spend long periods alone working on lessons and long periods with teenagers, so I joined mainly for the adult...

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Tidy Up Those Lists In Excel

This is a guest blog by Elene Marsden from CorazonIT  There’s a simple shortcut in Microsoft Word to convert Upper Case text to Title Case (or camel case as someone once described it to me!) highlight the text and select Shift F3. There’s no shortcut in Excel but if...

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What Power Are Words Having On Your Sales?

(Or How To Upset Customers And Ensure They Don’t Repeat Buy From You) This week I’ve been at the hands of 2 businesses getting their words very wrong, and because of their words it has directly impacted on my view of their organisations. Think that’s no big deal?...

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Blossom!

Our guest blogger is Jenny Eaton who recently spoke to The BWN in Colchester and will be speaking the Chelmsford Business ShowCase on 14 Nov 2012 (we recommended Jenny to the organisers)   The artist Henri Matisse once said that ‘there are always flowers for...

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Is your business making you sacks of cash?

It's a serious questions every business woman reading this should be prepared to ask themselves. Because if your business is not making sacks of cash, it’s not a business it’s a hobby, and let's be honest most hobbies are rather expensive. And businesses are supposed...

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Well we didn’t know that

The IT Fairy just told us that people don't always own the domain name they think they own! Which means that their websites could just disappear. Pretty scary!  But, as we dusted ourselves down, she said it's really easy to find out if you do own your domain name and...

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Project Make A Sack of Cash

The Why? Julie Sawyer, Marketing Manager & Voice raiser for Essex based Farleigh Hospice cornered BWN Founder Mandie Holgate at a BWN networking event and said the following.....”here’s £50 can you come up with an inventive way to a) raise some much needed funds...

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Stop sitting with your ears in the taps!

I’ve got a question for you;  (it's business related in the weirdness way....honest!)   Ask yourself this did anyone ever say to you “Hey don’t lay with your head that end of the bath, you’ll have taps in your ears”? Now at first thought you’re going to say this...

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Promote Yourself With Free Overlay Ads

This is a guest blog by Elene Marsden from CorazonIT  If you’ve created YouTube videos, take the extra step to add free overlay ads to your videos so that your viewers can link straight back to your website. Its free to set up but you do need to create a Google...

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Grow Your Contacts Lists Using Web Forms

This is a guest blog by Elene Marsden from CorazonIT  The easiest way to grow your contact list is to add a web form to your website, blog or  Facebook Business Page. It works best if you can offer an incentive to your readers in return for their name and email. On my...

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Who’s cheering you on?

I wasn't going to write an Olympic inspired blog. I really wasn't. In the run up the Olympics and since the events began, it seems like everyone has decided that the way to get noticed to include the word Olympic in their marketing spiel. And here at The Business...

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A Message from Mandie

Hi world of wonderful BWN business women, Thanks to everyone that has kept in touch to send your best wishes and get well messages. To save poor Clare's ears at Essex & Suffolk BWN events I just thought I would say a quick hello and give you an update. Well if...

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Child Benefit Tax Charge

From 7th January 2013, child benefit will be subject to a tax charge, where one member of the family earns over £50k. The charge will increase by 1% of the amount of benefit for every £100 earned over £50k so that by the time you reach £60k, the charge will be equal...

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Record Keeping Apps

Have you thought about using your smartphone to help you with your record keeping? If so, you may be interested in the new Record Keeping Apps. There is a list of these on HMRC's website, although they are not endorsing them in any way. It might be useful for those of...

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Privacy – a cautionary tale

There are often news stories about the internet and privacy. Clare Lauwerys aka The  IT Fairy built up a pretty full profile of a stranger just from a phone message and using Google. Find out how she Knows who he works for What his hobby is And his "romantic"...

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